Firm Profile > Van Doorne > Amsterdam , Netherlands
Van Doorne Offices
1081 KM AMSTERDAM
PO BOX 75265, 1070 AG AMSTERDAM
Van Doorne > The Legal 500 Rankings
The mediation practice at Van Doorne is headed by Kees Stuurman, who also leads the outsourcing team. Marjolijn Lips and Arno Voerman are other key names. Areas of expertise include insurance, technology and professional liability disputes.
Employment Tier 1
'Top quality and well resourced', the Van Doorne team is also highlighted for its 'thorough knowledge of cross-border jurisdictional issues'. Els de Wind is highly rated for her 'remarkable long-standing experience in handling cross-border employment matters' and her profile in the profession further 'distinguishes her and gives her an enhanced and valuable quality'. Marjolijn Lips co-heads the team with de Wind and 'trusted and valued' senior associate Cara Pronk is marked out as 'a rising professional in employment cross-border matters'. Willemien Bischot and Steven Sterk are also key team members and Albert van Marwijk Kooy continues to advise on pension issues. In addition to advising on large-scale reorganisations, it advises on high-level dismissals, works council and union issues.
Industry focus: Food Tier 1
A substantial team at Van Doorne offers cross-border, sector expertise in areas as varied as commercial/M&A, real estate, litigation, IP and employment. It provides advice that is 'to the point at short notice and has solid knowledge of all areas of law that a corporate has to deal with'. Lisette Bieleveld, who heads the team and leads the commercial work advised Superunie, a buying cooperative for supermarket chains, on its acquisition of the BIO+ brand. Bart van Reeken focuses on outsourcing and IT agreements and disputes. IP partner Kriek Wille is advising Texelse Bierbrouwerij, the well-known Dutch specialty beer brewer, on an ongoing conflict with its former director who started a competing brewery under a confusingly similar brand.
'A well skilled and dedicated team of lawyers who deliver what they promise' is one verdict on Van Doorne; others report 'it has great industry knowledge' and due to the size of the practice 'can handle tough deadlines'. Bart van Reeken 'is an example of a negotiator who achieves business goals using his knowledge and charm in a very balanced way', while Elisabeth Thole is also highlighted for 'combining incredible knowledge of the law and an economical approach'. Counsel Louis Jonker co-heads the firm’s FinTech and the digital health practices. Kees Stuurman left the firm.
Industry focus: retail Tier 1
Van Doorne attracts praise for 'its highly valuable combination of in-depth knowledge of this sector and business thinking' with team head Lisette Bieleveld especially noted in this respect. Its impressive client roster span retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and franchisors as well as a range of real estate developers and investors; Agrico, Audi, Chartis and Hans Anders Retail Group all feature. In recent work, it assisted BCC in its negotiations with Wehkamp, the e-commerce retailer, in connection with an exclusive supply agreement for electronics and household appliances. Onno Boerstra is a pivotal member of the team.
Insurance Tier 1
Annemieke Hendrikse heads the team at Van Doorne and alongside Walter Hendriksen offers expertise in directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability insurance, and fraud. The team is acting for many of the major insurance companies and corporates on matters including W&I policies, misleading selling, and a cross-border class action. Martine Höfelt, formerly a counsel with the firm, left the firm.
Construction Tier 2
The team at Van Doorne 'has an eye for risks and opportunities' and is also noted for being able to provide 'answers in other areas of law via one point of contact'. Its client base includes developers, government bodies, hospitals, international investors, and private equity houses. Group head Mark Moolhuizen 'is a skilled lawyer with an eye for justice and efficiency and thinks about the best solution for the parties involved'. Moolhuizen's work includes advising Radboud University Medical Centre on the procurement and construction of a new hospital building. The team is also handling a range of mandates on the development of student housing and high-value arbitrations.
Van Doorne fields ‘a sharp and competent team’. Practice co-head Jasper Leedekerken and Sjoerd Kamerbeek, who was promoted to partner in 2018, are representing Innsworth Advisors in proceedings against Steinhoff Holdings N.V. following accounting regularities at the company which resulted in shareholder losses. Fellow co-heads Lisette Bieleveld and Walter Hendriksen are acting for Catella Bank against a Dutch real estate investor and the Dutch State Lottery in a long-running class action.
Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2
The ‘intellectually rigorous’ practice at Van Doorne is 'comfortable working on international criminal investigations and collaborates well with other legal teams'. The group is led by 'excellent lawyer' Jan Leliveld and also includes counsel Ed van Liere. Their specialisms include criminal law and regulatory matters relating to environmental issues and industrial accidents, as well as work in the healthcare space.
Van Doorne's team heads, Willemien Bischot and Dimitri van Hoewijk, serve an extensive client base including private equity company NPM Capital which it advised on the merger of its healthcare portfolio company NL Healthcare with Bergman Clinics. Van Hoewijk in particular 'stands out as a one-of-a-kind dedicated corporate healthcare partner'. In other work, the practice advised digital healthcare service provider Topicus Healthcare on its participation in NetQ, the patient data collection company. Marg Janssen left in April 2018 to become a full-time judge.
The Van Doorne team is recommended for being 'very dedicated and able to bring together the right experts in a team'. Kriek Wille and Louis Jonker are highlighted for their 'tactical' approach to solving disputes. Jeroen Sombezki specialises in sector-related corporate matters and Marjolijn Lips likewise for employment matters. The team has an established client base that includes Walt Disney as well as publishers, broadcasters, and gaming organisations. It acted for Erdee Media Group on a range of matters including copyright and data protection and also represented the client in an appeal case on alleged unlawful publishing and the legitimacy of keeping news articles in online archives.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2
With a 'pragmatic and hands-on approach', the Van Doorne restructuring and insolvency team includes litigation and enforcement specialists. Lender side clients of team leader Stefan van Rossum include ABN AMRO and Aareal Bank and he is undertaking a number of cases on behalf of Rabobank. Together with associate Jelmer Baukema, van Rossum is advising on the restructuring of the Ter Haak Group.
Van Doorne has particular strengths in financing in the healthcare M&A and private equity sectors, as well as structured and asset financing for financial institutions. Roel Botter is a key partner in the practice.
Highly rated for being ‘hands-on and practical’, Van Doorne’s practice has particular strength in healthcare and real estate financing, and handles corporate lending transactions for private equity firms. Co-head Angelique Thiele advised Cromwell Property Group on its financing of commercial property linked to the initial public offering of its real estate investment fund. Fellow co-lead Roel Botter assisted Vrije Universiteit with its €140m financing by the European Investment Bank and BNG Bank for its campus development project. Stefan van Rossum is also noted.
Van Doorne’s fields a team of 'go-to lawyers for the Dutch fintech market' and also has a track record advising on market access, ongoing regulatory obligations and regulatory enforcement matters. Friso Foppes assisted Stichting Pensioenfonds with effecting a collective transfer of pension entitlements to the pension fund PGB, valued at €550m. The ‘dedicated’ Arno Voerman leads the team.
Van Doorne’s multidisciplinary team acts for clients including Dutch and international banks, alternative finance providers, including funds, and institutional investors. Co-head Stefan van Rossum acted as lead counsel to Aareal Bank as arranger of the financing of the acquisition by Vestas from DSV of two logistic properties located in the Netherlands and Finland. Fellow co-head Angelique Thiele is highly regarded and acted as lead counsel to Deutsche Hypo as lender on the project and acquisition financing provided to QP Amsterdam Property I.
Environment and planning Tier 3
The Van Doorne team is especially noted for its zoning expertise – working closely with the real estate practice. The team is acting for a client in respect of a large remediation matter and for another client regarding an enforcement decision made against it regarding breaches of an environmental permit. Cees Kniestedt and senior associate Annet Blokhuis are the main contacts. Tim Grundmeijer, formerly a senior associate in the team, left the firm.
EU and competition Tier 3
Van Doorne is appreciated for its ‘daring approach to solutions’, by one client and it has notable strengths in the healthcare, retail, education, media and financial services sectors, among others. The ‘excellent’ Sarah Beeston is acting for Fortum Holdings, the Dutch arm of a Finnish energy company, on the merger control assessment of part of its assets to a UK investor. Beeston leads the team jointly with Gijs Verberne. Anouk Rutten has taken a chief compliance officer role at the firm.
Project finance and PFI Tier 3
At Van Doorne, project finance is a core part of the real estate and projects practice. According to clients, 'what is different there from other law firms is that the work is absolutely reliable, nothing is forgotten'. The team acts for lenders, notably German banks, on a variety of developments including residential developments, retail outlets, hotels, and student housing. The 'outstanding' Angelique Thiele and Roel Botter head the practice serving a client list which includes Deutsche Bank, GreenOak Real Estate, and McArthurGlen/ Simon Properties. Recent work highlight work included advising BerlinHyp as the lender in connection with the financing provided to ten SPVs, owned by Reggeborgh, an investment subsidiary of VolkerWessels.
Real estate Tier 3
The Van Doorne practice handles real estate mandates across a broad range of sectors including logistics, residential and student accommodation, as well as distressed real estate assets. Team head Annerie Ploumen advised Aareal Bank on the financing of the new Hilton Hotel Schiphol which was acquired by Host Hotels & Resorts. The team, which includes newly made up partner Andy Furr, also advised the LIFE Group on its purchase of the Globe building and a parcel of land for development in the Hague from the Dutch Railways.
Tax Tier 3
Van Doorne’s practice head Ewout van Asbeck advised TPG and Patron Capital on the sale of their investment in Merin to Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust, following a complex year long restructuring and finance process. Rob de Win specialises in turnover taxes. Tax litigation is another area of strength. Thijs Clement left to establish Norbrius Clement Advocaten.
Onno Boerstra heads the team at Van Doorne, which also includes Hugo Reumkens, Arnout Stroeve, and Friso Foppes. The group provides 'a full offering of M&A-related legal services and a highly experienced team'. Senior associate Steffen Alleman is also highlighted as 'an outstanding lawyer who makes the difference in getting a deal done. His knowledge, creativity, and negotiation skills put him on top of any legal advisory list'. It advised IRI Investments, a subsidiary of IKEA Group, on the acquisition of a minority interest in Mopet Beheer.
Van Doorne’s ‘hands-on’ group remains best known for commercial and post-M&A disputes. Insurance-related disputes are another area of strength and Maurits Kalff is a key name in this space. Jasper Leedekerken leads the practice and recently promoted partner Bas van Zelst is also noted.
The team at Van Doorne 'works well together' to provide clients with a full range of expertise from enforcement and anti-counterfeiting cases to distribution, franchising, and sponsorship matters. Department head Kriek Wille 'is a smart, outstanding attorney' who is acting for Texelse Bierbrouwerij in high-profile proceedings including a conflict with a former director who started a competing brewery under a confusingly similar brand; Wille is also handling a number of other trade mark opposition and infringement actions.
Private equity Tier 4
Van Doorne is a popular choice for sponsors and management. Practice head Onno Boerstra advised the board and senior management of Akzo Nobel on their participation in the company's €10.1bn acquisition by The Carlyle Group. In other work, Jeroen Sombezki assisted Atomico Ventures with its €51m investment in cloud communications company MessageBird. Friso Foppes and Dimitri van Hoewijk are also recommended.
Van Doorne > Firm Profile
Van Doorne is a full-service leading independent Dutch law firm. With around 175 lawyers, Van Doorne has been advising clients for almost 90 years in a broad range of legal expertise. The firm’s lawyers are internationally recognised as leading experts, both in their area of practice and industries in which they operate. Van Doorne also has an extensive world wide network of other leading, independent firms. This enables the firm to shift gear fast anywhere around the world to provide clients with advice and assistance, without being bound to any firm.
Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions together, something that is reflected throughout the company. From the way in which lawyers work together to the idealistic organisations that they and the firm supports.
Van Doorne reaches further and yet stays close. That is, first and foremost, a promise the firm makes to clients but it is also something it promises to existing lawyers and new talent.
The firm is proud of its Dutch client base, which comprises large and medium-sized companies, banks, insurance companies, (quasi) governmental institutions and Dutch subsidiaries of foreign enterprises. Van Doorne is also well known for its international practice, serving a large number of international clients, particularly from the UK and the US. The majority of transactional work earned outby the banking and corporate team (including tax) is cross border. The independent status of Van Doorne provides it with a great opportunity to work with the best-equipped law firms in other countries. For that purpose, over the past decades, the firm has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions. Van Doorne strongly believes in the advantage to be able to instruct, and receive instructions from, top firms in other jurisdictions for international transactions.
Van Doorne works for prominent Dutch and international companies, business and financial service providers, semi-public organisations and government institutions. Van Doorne aims to maintain long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has been working with most of them for years now, and that is something it is very proud of.
For more information:
|Commercial: Contracts and Litigation||Lisette Bieleveld|
|Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages||Lisette Bieleveld|
|Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages||Onno Boerstra|
|Criminal Enforcement & Internal Investigations||Jan Leliveld|
|Criminal Enforcement & Internal Investigations||Ed van Liere|
|Corporate Law||Onno Boerstra|
|Corporate Law||Hugo Reumkens|
|Employment & Pensions||Els de Wind|
|Employment & Pensions||Friso Foppes|
|European & Competition Law||Sarah Beeston|
|European & Competition Law||Gijs Verberne|
|Finance & Restructuring, Financial Institutions||Roel Botter|
|Finance & Restructuring, Financial Institutions||Stefan van Rossum|
|Public Procurement||Gijs Verberne|
|Real Estate & Construction||Cees Kniestedt|
|Healthcare & Life Sciences||Willemien Bischot|
|Healthcare & Life Sciences||Dimitri van Hoewijk|
|Information Communication Technology||Bart van Reeken|
|Dispute Settlement and Insurance Law||Walter Hendriksen|
|Dispute Settlement and Insurance Law||Jasper Leedekerken|
|Dispute Settlement and Insurance Law||Sjoerd Kamerbeek|
|Intellectual Property & Digital Media||Kriek Wille|
|Privacy & Data||Dr Elisabeth Thole|
|Real Rstate Transactions||Angelique Thiele|
|Real Estate Transactions||Ariën van Heesen|
|Real Estate and Construction||Annerie Ploumen|
|Real Estate and Construction||Mark Moolhuizen|
|Tax||Ewout van Asbeck|
|Tax||Rob de Win|
|Technology, Media & Telecom||Jeroen Sombezki|
|Technology, Media & Telecom||Kriek Wille|
|Government & Education||Saskia Laseur|
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|Mr Rogier Schellaars||View Profile|
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|Mrs Willemien Bischot||View Profile|
|Mrs Annet Blokhuis||View Profile|
|Mr Johan Boeren||View Profile|
|Mr Onno Boerstra||View Profile|
|Mr Roel Botter||View Profile|
|Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg||View Profile|
|Mr Rob de Win||View Profile|
|Mrs Els de Wind||View Profile|
|Mr Friso Foppes||View Profile|
|Mr Andy Furr||View Profile|
|Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse||View Profile|
|Mr Walter Hendriksen||View Profile|
|Mrs Simone Hoogeveen||View Profile|
|Mr Louis Jonker||View Profile|
|Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek||View Profile|
|Mr Cees Kniestedt||View Profile|
|Mr Saskia Laseur||View Profile|
|Mr Jasper Leedekerken||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Leliveld||View Profile|
|Mrs Vanessa Liem||View Profile|
|Mrs Marjolijn Lips||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Moolhuizen||View Profile|
|Mrs Annerie Ploumen||View Profile|
|Mrs Cara Pronk||View Profile|
|Leonie Rammeloo||View Profile|
|Mr Hugo Reumkens||View Profile|
|Mr Jeroen Sombezki||View Profile|
|Mr Steven Sterk||View Profile|
|Mr Arnout Stroeve||View Profile|
|Mr Daan ter Braak||View Profile|
|Mrs Angelique Thiele||View Profile|
|Dr Elisabeth Thole||View Profile|
|Mr Ewout van Asbeck||View Profile|
|Mr Ariën van Heesen||View Profile|
|Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk||View Profile|
|Mr Ed van Liere||View Profile|
|Mr Albert van Marwijk Kooy||View Profile|
|Mr Bart van Reeken||View Profile|
|Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena||View Profile|
|Mr Stefan van Rossum||View Profile|
|Mr Bas van Zelst||View Profile|
|Mr Gijs Verberne||View Profile|
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|Mrs Alexandra Weidner||View Profile|
|Mrs Kriek Wille||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 175
LanguagesDutch English French German
OtherOther office : London
Focus on diversity
Van Doorne is an informal and open organisation, where people are given the freedom to be themselves, to take initiatives and to take on responsibility. Looking at questions from various angles, requires creativity and an open view. That is why we value diversity. It leads to better solutions for our clients. If they can work successfully, then we have achieved our goal.
Almost a third of our partners is female, which makes us a positive exception for Dutch Law firms. Among the fee earners group as a whole, the gender balance is almost 50/50.
We believe diversity is not limited to gender. It also includes cultural background. We aim to make it easier for ethnic minority graduates to enter the labour market. For that reason, we have entered into a collaboration with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (University) to create a film, which will hopefully build a bridge between de legal profession and non-western students, who aspire a career in the legal profession.
Co-founder Forward Foundation
Van Doorne is the proud co-founder of the Forward Foundation. Forward focuses on encouraging LGBT acceptance, acknowledgment and visibility in the Dutch legal profession and is open to all LGBT (minded) lawyers, who are working at affiliated law firms or in the corporate sector, the public sector, the judiciary and the legal academic world. Van Doorne’s lawyer/partner Andy Furr is a member of Forward’s supervisory board. The foundation experienced strong growth in recent years and hosts successful networking events on a regular basis.
Van Doorne as pioneer
We have been a pioneer in this field for quite some time. We are the founder and active partner of the Utrecht University Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, a research centre in this field. It is not only the first chair in Social Entrepreneurship, but also one of the few fully privately financed academic chairs in the Netherlands. In addition, we regularly publish and teach on the legal aspects of social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding and impact investment. Van Doorne makes investments to develop the market for social enterprises in the Netherlands.
The importance of social entrepreneurship increases. The number of initiatives in this field has grown strongly in recent years. We know the challenges of a social enterprise. The strength of this approach is precisely because social problems can be addressed in a professional manner. In addition to a social focus, social entrepreneurship also has a commercial objective. Profit is not only expressed in financial terms, but also in social added value.
Van Doorne has bundled it expertise in a team of lawyers, tax consultants and civil law notaries from different disciplines that focus on Social Entrepreneurship. The team develops innovative constructions (e.g. Social Impact Bond) and brings new parties and markets together.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution: Mediation
- Industry focus: Food
- Industry focus: Information technology
- Industry focus: retail
- Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
- Banking and finance: Borrower side
- Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
- Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
- Commercial, corporate and M&a
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Environment and planning
- EU and competition
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus: Media and entertainment
- Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights
- Private equity
- Project finance and PFI
- Real estate
- Restructuring and insolvency